News Roundup By Mercedes Aspland / February 14, 2014 I guess I should start with a Valentines post for this week as it is today and it is kind of in the spirit. So I have chosen a post from a blog that I really enjoy reading and for a dessert that could just as easily be for any time of the year. Plus I have been looking for a good vegan cheesecake recipe that does not use soya cheese and I think this is it so check out these Raspberry and Lemon Cheese Cake Hearts from Bit of The Good Stuff. I tried to adapt my truffles. I said about how I made them all wrong using cocoa nibs and they were a disaster. I mixed it all up a bit more with some extra agave and orange extract. They were improved but a bit weird tasting so I have been using it in my porridge in the mornings for a brilliant chocolate fix. One of my favourite posts this week was from Oh, Ladycakes – it is a recipe post although that is not the main reason for enjoying, it is just a thought provoking post and a bit different from others that I read over the week. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake from Smitten Kitchen, ok this is not even slightly vegan but it looks amazing and is something I would love to adapt to be vegan. I only wish I had it in front of me now to have a slice. I had some new cookbooks arrive and in particular Veg by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. I did not expect to like it as much but there are some really imaginative vegetable recipes and so many of them that it really got my inspiration flowing. I also received some new lights arrive for my photography so I can play around a bit more and try and get some lovely shots like the ones in the email from all the amazing food blogs out there. One of the things I was really dreading giving up becoming vegan was Halloumi cheese so I tried soaking a small amount of Vegusto vegan cheese in salt and hot water and then frying it. I was delighted that it was completely delicious and perfect as a halloumi replacement. This lovely Garlic and Rosemary Pizza from One Ingredient Chef looks really amazing, not sure how I will go making pizza dough but it will be good to try. I have been getting active on social networks this week, in particular I have started using Pinterest. It is becoming a bit addictive though and just want to keep adding things to it. Plus I got an excellent mention from Finding Vegan on Twitter, head on over and check out my profile. It looks like the long awaited books from My Darling Lemon Thyme are almost here, not sure we will get them in the UK but I can’t wait and ma sure they will be amazing. Even though I hate it I might as well finish with a Valentine’s post so check out these 25 Valentines Breakfasts and Desserts from Vegan Richa, and remember they do not just have to be for valentine’s day!